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with chuck hagel and jane harman. >> we are with jane harman, who is now with us. she served on the intelligence committee from 2006 to 2007. let's begin with the pick of john brennan. what does this entail? >> guest: he has been the center of obama's intelligence committee for four years now. he has managed the terrorism program quite well. and he is the gentleman that obama trust the most. i think it is an extremely good appointment. >> host: what does the job entail? >> guest: it is a different job than what it was in 2004. in 2004, four of us in congress but the fight for intelligence reform and we restructured our intelligence community to have a joint commander. that person is called the director of national intelligence. the current one is james clapper and he is a military man from the pentagon. under him, there were others. there were also others that had intelligence roles. but now it is our primary agency and it will become even more crucial if you have seen zero dark 30, even though i think a few aspects aren't accurate. it shows the roles that were played in iden
, pay our debt. >> let me talk about chuck hagel who is criticized today by cardin by a conservative here. in the mainstream of the democratic party in the senate. one of the things she raised is the comment chuck hagel made about james harnel. i'm wondering if you can help me understand. she made those comments 15 years ago and didn't apologize for them until a month ago it was clear that he was named secretary of defense. why is there that kind of a delay and did he explain why 50 years of those comments -- >> i think that senator chuck hagel was very clear that he thought those comments were not appropriate. he regretted them and they don't represent the to tell the of his views. i would point to the statement that he made. senators will have an opportunity for the confirmation process as they do traditionally and routinely to ask him questions about his views on the issues. the secretary of defense, senator hagel, when he is confirmed, as we hope he will become carried out the president's policies. and i think the president's policies on lgbt issues are most commendable, supporte
to the tail. >> host: how do senate democrats vote on the name nation of senator chuck hagel? >> guest: organizationally, we have not played into that. groups including iraq veterans, j-street who focus on those issues, and they can talk about that. >> host: carol, arizona, independent caller, hi, carol. >> caller: hi, i was just wanting to ask about the tax reform if you would be straight across the board tax, no loopholes. >> host: adam green. >> guest: opposite of a flat tax is a progressive tax. i would oppose that, but here's why. the simple reason why is that the rich need to pay their fair share, and pretty much every study done shows flat tax increases taxes on the little guy. it's that simple. another idea on the table talking about this. you know, oftentimes, the conclusions in washington are based on what choice did we have on the table which means if they exclude certain choices from being in the discussion, good choices can't be made. a great choice would be congresswoman's millionaire tax going beyond clinton rates, but it's supported in the country saying we're going to
want to commend president obama and his decision to nominate chuck hagel to be the next secretary of defense. i have known chuck for a long time. i think he is the right person to lead the department at this time. not only because he is a decorated yet mom combat veteran, but he understands washington and understands the issues that confront our national defense. despite a lot of very severe budget pressures which i will speak to in a moment's, we need to maintain, and i believe he believes we need to maintain the world's most powerful and ready force to deal with the security challenges that we are going to confront in the 21st century. this is a critical moment for this department. and for our national defense. i believe that we have put in place a new defense strategy for the 21st century that we believe can meet our fiscal responsibilities to the country. that can confront any threat to our national interests, and i can maintain the strongest military power in the world to protect the american people. we face, as you know, a number of adversaries around the world's,, but the m
with chuck hagel? >> well, first off, i'm not sure what the president will announce today. and if i did know, i wouldn't stoop and i'm not. i'm not smart enough to do that. [laughter] i think that if it isn't senator chuck hagel, we will work with him and the american people. budgets are about risk. you get a certain amount of money and you get a certain amount of risk. the country decides they want to take more risk, we will need to work with whoever the nominees are today and if that person is confirmed to try to make those trade-offs. we will find a way to do it. >> hello, i am from javon broadcasting. what is going on to get the report out? >> there are a number of complex issues, political and operational with regard to the marines from oki now, japan, an. we must maintain our presence while also maintaining some of those on the island of okinawa. >> thank you, i'm from political. could you talk about what assumptions you are using to build the 2014 budget? >> i don't know whether those will change or not. the possibility is that they well, but it could have to do with the fiscal cliff.
. does that mean you're going to be upset with your likely new boss, chuck hagel, who argues for a smaller budget? thank you. [laughter] >> well, first off, i'm not sure what the president would announce today, and if i did know, i wouldn't scoop him on that. i'm smart enough not to do that. [laughter] and i think if it's senator hagel, we will work with him, and we will work with the american people. defense budgets are about risk. you get a certain amount of money, you get a certain amount of risk. if the country decides they want to take some more risk, we can go with lower budgets. we'll need to work with whoever is the nominee today, and assuming that person is confirmed, to try to make those trade-offs. they're hard to do, but we'll find another way to do them. >> a hand in that same row? okay. further back all the way to the wall, please. >> [inaudible] broadcasting. on the pacific realignment defense bill -- [inaudible] money for guam and okinawa because there's no -- [inaudible] the department has submitted to congress, and the senate and house have been saying this
that mean you're going to be upset with your likely new boss, chuck hagel, who argue for a smaller budget? >> first off i'm not sure what the president will announce today, and if i did know i will not scoop him on that. i think if it is senator hagel, we'll work with him and we'll work with the american people. we need to balance -- this is about risk. you get a certain amount of money, you get a certain amount of risk. if the country decides touting some more risk then we can go to lower budgets. we'll need to work with whoever is the nominee today and assuming that person is confirmed to try to make those tradeoffs. they're hard to do but we'll find a way to do them. >> another hand in that same row. further back. all the way to the wall. [inaudible] >> on the pacific re-alignment defense bill and the money for guam and okinawa and there's no way in -- what is taking so long to get the report out? >> well, i mean, there are a number of complex issues, political and operational with regard to the move of the marines from oak na waugh to guam, we think we have a plan. we haven't yet full
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in a few moments expected to nominate chuck hagel as the next defense secretary and counterterrorism adviser john brennan to be the next head of the cia. announcements set for just after one o'clock eastern from the east room of the white house. live coverage will be on our companion network, c-span. join us later today for two q&a programs starting at 6 p.m. eastern, focusing on george may onsowfort professor walterwomans talk -- walter williams, and his libertarian views and how he's been a guest host on the rush limbaugh show. we discuss "citizen soldier" which gets underway at 6 p.m. eastern here on c-span2. >> i think cybersecurity remains the top priority because of the national security implications. we saw that congress failed to reach an agreement on cybersecurity legislation on 2012 as many would have predicted. they remain far apart because industry is very opposed to any sort of cyber security standards. >> i think another big issue is going to be implementing the incentive options to create more spectrum so the ftc has its sleeves rolled up, in the midst of working on th
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